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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 36%

The November Man (2014)

"It's a serviceable, pleasingly CGI-unenhanced run-and-gun flick I will find on Encore Action after midnight a year-and-a-half from now and watch for 17 minutes before remembering I've already seen it."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Chris Klimek

2 76%

The Congress (2014)

"While always detailed in its visual execution, each new aspect of the film's world remains conceptually hollow, growing ultimately into a Matrix-style allegory for the nature of truth ..."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Tomas Hachard

3 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"Starred Up has three powerful advantages: a realistic setting, fierce performances and the insight brought by scripter Jonathan Asser, who was an Oliver-like counselor in a tough London jail."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Mark Jenkins

4 69%

The Notebook (2014)

"Straddling nihilism and a moral fastidiousness so "pure" it flirts with the very fascism it means to critique, The Notebook cedes not one solitary inch to humanism."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Ella Taylor

5 78%

The One I Love (2014)

"It begins by exploring how fantasy intrudes on and affects our perceptions of reality; it ends by trying too hard to convince us that its fantasies could, somehow, be real."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tomas Hachard

6 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Scripted by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, the movie is warm, unforced and believable. Much of that can be credited to Lithgow and Molina, who fully inhabit the roles of Ben and George."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Mark Jenkins

7 85%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"I'd follow these guys "'round the horn" in a second. Maybe that's where they'll head next time."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Bob Mondello

8 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The third installment in Sylvester Stallone's jobs program for expired action heroes is easily the best of the bunch, which is not to say it's any good."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Chris Klimek

9 91%

Frank (2014)

"That Fassbender plays the role of the disguised rocker fits well with the movie's tone: putting one of the biggest actors in Hollywood behind a mask lends a further rebellious streak to an already sardonic film."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tomas Hachard

10 32%

The Giver (2014)

"If the movie hits ominous notes, they've all been heard many times before ..."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Mark Jenkins

11 85%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"What I find appealing about these films is their sloping, improvisational air, their quality of catching a moment of life on the wing, as when Brydon startles Coogan with a joke so good he can't stop himself from laughing."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

John Powers

12 ——

Agatha Christie's Poirot : Season 13

" Since these are, absolutely, the last TV episodes featuring Suchet as Poirot, they do provide a satisfying conclusion to a very long-running viewing experience. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

David Bianculli

13 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A program that could have been stuck on one culture shifts, offering a broader look at race, class, gender, science and society in ways that turn storytellers into kids surveying a particularly large candy store. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Eric Deggans

14 95%

The Dog (2014)

"It'll leave you alternately amused and slack-jawed in astonishment."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Bob Mondello

15 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Getting into The Knick ...will take two or three episodes. But once you check into this particular TV hospital, and stick around for a while, you'll care about the characters, their stories and their amazing new inventions. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

David Bianculli

16 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"There's no lack of craft here, but there's certainly an absence of character."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Tomas Hachard

17 59%

Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

"This movie is meant for the ... audience that's already jazzed about exploring the bottom of the seas."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Mark Jenkins

18 69%

What If (2014)

"The film manages a neat trick of sticking close to formula while still being unexpectedly fresh."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

19 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary is bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Bob Mondello

20 56%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"Because they put the pedal to the metal and go full, screaming, bedazzled monkeypants crazy from beginning to end, it sort of works."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Linda Holmes

21 89%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Politically, The Honorable Woman doesn't take sides - it comes at you from all sides. And all sides are given motivations and conflicts, which makes this miniseries both a rare and a rewarding viewing experience. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

David Bianculli

22 47%

War Story (2014)

"In Keener's hands, the collapse feels urgent but not unhinged, and Lee's trajectory from steely and determined to openly distraught lends an otherwise meandering film a strong core."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Tomas Hachard

23 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"It's hard to see past the lurid details of the Tennessee tale, adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 exercise in backwoods noir."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Mark Jenkins

24 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"There's plenty of heart in Guardians, but it gets its emotional heft largely from the warmth that this kind of comedy inherently contains."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Linda Holmes

25 65%

Lucy (2014)

"Lucy is a welcome reminder of just how much Besson's wry sensibility as a filmmaker adds to movies like this."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Chris Klimek

26 100%

The Endless Summer (1966)

"Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

27 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Unfortunately, Happy Christmas's characters and conflicts are generic compared to Drinking Buddies."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Tomas Hachard

28 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A Most Wanted Man retains a cogent narrative and le Carre's weary outlook. Rather than choke the narrative with details, the filmmakers keep the story lean while adding evocative visual and aural details."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Mark Jenkins

29 100%

The Whole Gritty City ()

"We return to this scene at the end of the documentary. By then, we know a lot more about these local bands, and how much music means to the kids, and how they even inspire each other."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

David Bianculli

30 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Wish I Was Here's philosophical scope never gets much bigger than the slip of paper inside a fortune cookie."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

31 63%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Mood Indigo thrives on clutter and near-total loss of control."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tomas Hachard

32 49%

I Origins (2014)

"If the film's plot is loonier than a mainstream movie would dare, the essential trajectory is one of Hollywood's favorites: from skepticism to faith."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Mark Jenkins

33 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Del Toro's love of special effects and genuine scares, and his delight in mixing humor and horror, run throughout The Strain. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Bianculli

34 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"The film gives every appearance of happening exactly the way life does, And exactly the way life does, it makes you care."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Bob Mondello

35 78%

Land Ho! (2014)

"Land Ho! walks and talks like a hand-held indie, except that it keeps making these funny skips into horror comedy and the musical."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ella Taylor

36 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"It's the first big tent-pole film of 2014 that nails everything from start to finish, blending thoughtful allegory, meaningful science fiction and dazzling action spectacle without a hitch."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

37 93%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"Closed Curtain can be seen to express something more than the plight of one artist in internal exile. That house on the Caspian, a home that's also a prison, represents an entire country in spiritual incarceration."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark Jenkins

38 83%

The Empty Hours (2014)

"Eventually you begin to wonder what these series of standstill moments represent."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Tomas Hachard

39 24%

Tammy (2014)

"Eventually the film does manage to find its own awkward way, with enough effective and less desperate jokes to smooth things over after the rocky start."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

40 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"It's time for Derrickson, who also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to master a new ritual."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Mark Jenkins

41 68%

Me and You (2014)

"Mostly what's missing in Me and You, what drains it of insight and resonance, is a sense of the world outside of Lorenzo's apartment building."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Tomas Hachard

42 65%

Beyond the Edge (2014)

"Recalled in the somewhat breathless History Channel-style voice-overs of the participants and their families, the journey was a triumph of guts, perseverance, endurance, ingenuity and teamwork."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Ella Taylor

43 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"The problem with They Came Together is that what it settles on as the parody-able thing about romantic comedy is how generic it can feel."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Linda Holmes

44 60%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [The] viewers get a family soap opera masquerading as something more; a gritty fairy tale in which the Americanized characters are the most virtuous and figures regularly act in ways that make little sense beyond furthering the story. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Eric Deggans

45 77%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"Bulger remains frustratingly opaque."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Ella Taylor

46 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"Its world is so remote, its characters behavior so unexplained - despite the fact that the film is based on true events - that our connection to the story slackens significantly over time."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Tomas Hachard

47 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"This is exactly the sort of ambitious, audacious, and uncompromising filmmaking that deserves to be seen."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

48 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"Both laughable and sweet."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Mark Jenkins

49 50%

Five Dances (2013)

"A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art, and a generous, ultimately happy little story of a lost boy finding a community and a kindred soul."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Trey Graham

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